The Works of William Cowper, Comprising His Poems, Correspondence, and Translations Volume 6

The Works of William Cowper, Comprising His Poems, Correspondence, and Translations Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... spirit, nor refresh the sight, Nor animate the soul to-Christian deeds, _ (Oh cast them from thee!) are weeds, arrant weeus. Ethelred's house, the centre of six ways, Diverging each from each, like equal rays, Himself as bountiful as April rains, Lord paramount of the surrounding plains, Would give relief of bed and board to D0m'_ But guests that sought it in the appointed One; And they might enter at his open door, E'en till his spacious hall would hold no more. He sent a servant forth by every road, To sound his horn and publish it abroad, That all might mark--knight, menial, high, and low An ordinance it concern'd them much to know. If, after all, some headstrong hardy lout Would disobey, though sure to be shut out, Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace? No! the decree was just and without flaw; And he that made had right to make the law; His sovereign power and pleasure unrestrain'd, The wrong was his who wrongfully complain'd. VOL. v1. 1 Yet half mankind maintain a churlish strife With him the Donor of eternal life, Because the deed, by which his love confirms The largess he bestows, prescribes the terms.-Compliance with his will your lot ensures, Accept it only, and the boon is yours. And sure it is as kind to smile and give, As with a frown to say, Do this, and live. Love is not pedlar's trumpery, bought and sold; He will give freely, or he will withhold; His soul abhors a mercenary thought, And him as deeply who abhors it not; He stipulates indeed, but merely this, That man will freely take an unbought bliss, Will trust him for a faithful generous part, Nor set a price upon a Willing heart. Of all the ways that seem to promise fair, To place you where...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821300
  • 9781236821300